Cannes Film Festival 2018: The Must-See Looks

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First came the Met Gala. Then came the Royal Wedding. Then came the comedown.

Left unsure what to do with ourselves, what to say to one another, which stylist to stalk on Instagram for the inside scoop, it was then the delightful, albeit delayed realisation dawned on us. Despite the fact that the festival came to a close on Saturday – the same day as the Royal Wedding – we still had an entire 11 days worth of fashion content to consume, outfits to dissect and gossip to soak up because somehow, in amongst the madness of May, Cannes Film Festival got lost in the noise of who wore what to the Met Gala, will Harry invite his exes to the wedding and what on earth will Meghan wear on the big day? You know, the important questions in life.

While part of our fashion selves are ashamed of our complacency in not paying Cannes the attention it so desperately deserved in the first place, we’re not complaining about the opportunity to binge read every article and scroll through every Instagram surrounding the event. Better late than never and boy, was it worth the wait.

Admittedly, celebrity attendance seemed lacking in comparison to previous years but a) there was a royal wedding to attend and b) politics, although unconfirmed, undoubtedly played a part in who would attend this year. Let’s not forget the unfortunately prominent role Harvey Weinstein once held in the film community – acknowledged within Asia Argento’s incredibly powerful closing speech this year.

Politics aside, those that were in attendance made sure to pull out all of the stops. They ensured they left their mark on the red carpet and accompanying events, reflecting and confirming a modern new age for the festival.

Kendall Jenner ruffled more than a few feathers in not one but two sheer, nearly naked dresses throughout the course of the festival. Jenner left little to the imagination in a shimmery Alexandre Vauthier minidress and Christian Louboutin heels while in attendance of the Secret Chopard Party.

Keeping in line with her sheer and self-imposed dress code, she kicked things up a notch on the red carpet, wearing a swan-like Schiaparelli gown complete with ruffled detailing and a plunging neckline.

Bella Hadid dedicated her French Riviera wardrobe to shaking up dress codes and championing sartorial experiments, taking her look from casual and cute in shorts and a crop top to the boldly beautiful Dior tulle gown worn on the red carpet before embracing life off-duty with Jenner in after-dark cycling shorts.

The true glamour of the occasion belonged to the jury of the prestigious film festival, made clear during the star-spangled opening ceremony. Not only president of the jury but also this year’s ruler of the red carpet, Cate Blanchett donned a whole host of designer gowns through the occasion.

The Australian actress and activist stole the show in an Alexander McQueen tailored coat dress for Saturday’s award ceremony while giving a big (and well deserved) nod to lesser-known designer, Mary Katrantzou, in a blue floral dress for the screening of “Cold War”.


Blanchett’s fellow jury member, Kristen Stewart, current brand ambassador for Chanel certainly did the high fashion brand proud throughout with a variety of looks ranging from minidresses to gowns to tuxedo inspired suits.

The illustrious 71st Cannes Film Festival brought us plenty of eye candy in the form of dramatic dresses and couture gowns. In addition to the above, looks that stole the show included Lupita Nyong’o in Dior Haute Couture at the Sorry Angel premiere, Amber Heard wearing a Giambattista Valli Haute Couture gown at  the screening of Girls of The Sun as well as a killer custom Poiret gown worn by the one and only, Naomi Campbell for the screening of BlacKkKlansman.

It’s Cannes, after all, the most glamorous week of the year. These stars know to go hard or go home.

Niamh Crawford-Walker

Niamh is a freelance writer covering fashion, beauty and lifestyle articles. Her work has appeared in IMAGE magazine, image.ie and Emirates Woman. Niamh is also a blogger at niamhserena.co.uk and podcast host of Werkin’ On It.

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